Machinery Journal - October 2017

November 7, 2017 01:34 PM
Machinery Journal - October 2017

John Deere Adds Narrow Track Models, UVs

Equipped with a narrow undercarriage, John Deere introduces three new 9RX four-track tractors ideal for 22", 30" and 40" row-crop applications. Models offer 420 hp, 470 hp or 520 hp. The narrow-undercarriage tractor can be fitted with 18" or 24" wide tracks and set to a track spacing of 80", 88" or 120". The matched, full-width mid-rollers reduce pressure, heat and wear, and extend wear life of the tracks. Rubber isolators and oscillating mid-rollers minimize cab vibration for a smoother ride. The CommandView III cab features four-corner cab suspension with 4" of travel and ActiveCommand Steering. The Gen 4 CommandCenter display monitors and controls the machine. The diesel tank tops off at 400 gal. Production will begin in January 2018.

John Deere also introduces four new Gator utility vehicles. Features on the gas-powered Gator XUV835 and diesel-powered Gator XUV865 include the company’s most quiet cab to date, three-wide seating as well as heating and air conditioning. The 54-hp XUV835 offers a top speed of 45 mph and the 23-hp XUV865 has a max speed of 30 mph.

The new HPX heavy-duty lineup includes the gas-powered Gator HPX615E and diesel-powered Gator HPX815E. Both are four-wheel drive. The cargo box includes removable sides and tailgate, a one-handed, pickup style opening and composite construction. The versatile cargo box can transform to a flatbed as well. Cargo volume spans 16.3 cubic feet with a 1,000-lb. carrying capacity. Towing capacity is 1,300 lb. and payload capacity is up to 1,400 lb.  
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AGCO Rolls Out Next-Generation Axial Combines, Folds In Precision Planting

The findings from a customer study by AGCO found there’s a need for an entirely new combine platform, prompting the company’s research and development team to start from a “blank sheet of paper.” Close to 50 combine prototypes were built and tested in the lab, in the field and around the world in varying environments. The result is the first high-capacity combine of its kind with a narrow body and new design. At the heart of the Ideal combine is an efficient processing system. Features include the latest innovations from AGCO’s Fuse Connected Services division, full connectivity, automated combine adjustment system and Real Time Crop Flow visualization. The combine will be offered in three models, 7, 8 and 9, in Challenger, Fendt and Massey Ferguson brands, with tires or tracks and in the automatic leveling ParaLevel version. The Ideal combine will debut at Agritechnica in November 2017. For more information, visit a dealer, or

AGCO’s purchase of Precision Planting from The Climate Corporation is official. According to AGCO, it will expand Precision Planting’s distribution network and work with The Climate Corporation to determine how best to integrate and enhance Fuse products. AGCO says it remains committed to customers being in full control of their data.

Polaris Expands Lineup for 2018

Polaris announces several new 2018 models and an industry first suspension technology. The Polaris utility side-by-side lineup now includes the Ranger XP 1000. The newest Ranger has more than 100 owner-inspired innovations, such as an 82-hp ProStar 1000 engine, one-piece chassis, a smoother ride than previous models and a redesigned interior and exterior. Payload capacity is 1,500 lb. and hitch towing rating tops out at 2,500 lb. Ground clearance is 13".

The Polaris Sportsman ATVs feature several improvements based on customer and dealer input such as a more durable driveline, new side panels for a more comfortable and cooler ride and a better display. The 570 model boasts 44 hp with a ProStar 567-cc four-stroke engine. Other features include a variable low speed limiter, steel racks and bumpers, heavy-duty tires and front and rear receiver hitch. The Sportsman 6x6 570 features a 38"x39"x8" bed box with 800-lb. capacity.

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New Options Headline Case IH Field Cultivator, Vertical Tillage Tools

Enhancements to the Tiger-Mate​ 255 field cultivator and True-Tandem 335VT from Case IH allow the tillage tools to be customized. While the beefed up, swept-back shank design on the Tiger-Mate 255 creates a smooth subsurface floor, the Advanced Conditioning System (ACS) reduces clod size, distributes residue and levels the soil.

New options allow producers to match their harrow to their soil types. For example, the three-bar spike-tooth harrow with hydraulic down pressure TigerPaw Crumbler​ features three rows of spikes followed by a rolling crumbler to even clods. The hydraulic down pressure system offers easy and independent adjustment of each section. The three-bar Extreme Tiger-Tine ACS harrow with spring down pressure TigerPaw Crumbler features twice as many tines as Case IH two-bar versions. The tines have been redesigned for flexibility, allowing residue to filter through. Four tine angle positions allow producers to adjust soil smoothness. Following the tines, a 14" Crumbler pulverizes the soil. The three-bar Extreme Tiger-Tine ACS harrow with hydraulic down pressure TigerPaw Crumbler has the same finishing features of the previous harrow, but with hydraulic down pressure to adjust the mainframe, inner wings and outer wings. The Crumbler can be placed in float or lifted on the go to avoid wet spots.

A factory-available rear hitch makes it easy to attach an additional implement. The Tiger-Mate 255 is available in a 32' single-fold low-transport-height model.
Case IH has developed a new Earth Metal blade for the True-Tandem 335VT. The 20" VT Wave Blade has a longer edge life and is a 5-mm thick blade in single-fold models.

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